nihil obstat

noun
nihil ob·​stat | \ -ˈäbzˌtat, -bˌst-\

Definition of nihil obstat

1 : the certification by an official censor of the Roman Catholic Church that a book has been examined and found to contain nothing opposed to faith and morals
2 : authoritative or official approval the surest road to fame was … through the imprimatur and nihil obstat of a foreign critic— P. H. Odegard

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History and Etymology for nihil obstat

Latin, nothing hinders

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